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Audi customer Siobhan Yap offered free lunch after car gets damaged, racks up epic $1100 bill

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An Audi dealership in the U.K. offered a 27-year-old woman a free meal to make up for her new car being damaged in the showroom, but when she presented them with her bill, they were completely floored by how much she spent.

Siobhan Yap had recently purchased a new Audi A3 convertible from Audi Watford outside of London for about 20,000 pounds, or just over $30,000. Before she picked up her new car however, a delivery truck accident left the brand new car damaged.

audidealerTo apologize for the “inconvenience caused,” the dealership offered to pay for a  free meal for two. What they didn’t know was that Yap would go HAM with her free meal.

Yap took her mother out to the Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant in Covent Garden in the heart of London.

restaurantFor their epic meal, they enjoyed four glasses of rosé champagne, two $106 bottles of wine, a $54 black truffle tasting dish, scallops, risotto and $132 in cocktails, among many other dishes for a total of 21 different items.

recieptAudi was expecting a modest bill of about 100 pounds, which works out to just over $150. Instead, Yap slammed them with a bill for 714.61 pounds, which works out to $1103.93, including a 13% tip.A Watford Audi spokesman explained that the bill was an ”excessive expenditure for two diners” but they were “keen to make amends” by agreeing to cover half the bill. The spokesman continued:

“We believe this is a fair and reasonable amount given the circumstances, and we stand by the decision taken.”

However, Yap apparently doesn’t think she went overboard and Audi actually skimped on their promise to pay for half the bill which would be about 357 pounds. She  explained:

“I asked for a courtesy car in the first instance which they said they did not have. They only gave me one because I kicked up a fuss with the MD.

I received a sum of £250 but I have had no further contact with them. The statement that they offered me half is incorrect.”

Ai Weiwei unveils “Golden Age” designer wallpaper at Serpentine Galleries in London

London’s Serpentine Galleries unveils “Golden Age,” a designer wallpaper by contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. The piece is a social commentary of sorts by the artist and features interlocking gold chains reminiscent of luxurious silk scarves, as well as surveillance cameras surrounding Twitter’s Larry Bird logo. This is possibly an allusion to the ongoing discussion of privacy topics like social media rights and government surveillance issues, as Ai Weiwei is reputed for his critiques on the Chinese government and his longstanding dissidence of the state’s policies.

“Golden Age” and the preview video above will debut ahead of the gallery’s upcoming wallpaper exhibition by artists, designers, architects and the like. The wallpaper collection will be available for purchase this May.

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens,
London W2 3XA, United Kingdom

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi unveiled in London’s Parliament Square

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the statue in Parliament Square

BBC:

The unveiling of the 9ft (2.7m) bronze statue marks 100 years since Gandhi returned to India from South Africa to begin his struggle for independence.

The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust raised more than £1m for the work which was described as a “magnificent tribute”.

The statue was unveiled by Indian finance minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, in a ceremony which also involved Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Prime Minister David CameronPrime Minister David Cameron spoke at the unveiling of the statue which he called a “magnificent tribute”

British sculptor, Philip Jackson, was commissioned to create the work with his previous pieces including statues of the Queen Mother and Bomber Command. He said he was inspired by photographs of the civil rights leader outside 10 Downing Street on a visit in 1931.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This statue is a magnificent tribute to one of the most towering figures in the history of world politics and by putting Mahatma Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country.”

Gandhi was known for his use of non-violent protest and undertook various hunger strikes to protest against the oppression of India’s poorest classes.

London’s best ramen bars


Time Out:

From Kyushu-style tonkotsu made with long-simmered pork bone broth, to simple soy sauce based soup, we’ve seen a spate of ramen joints open in London.

Here’s a pick of where to grab a steaming bowl of thin wheat noodles in broth. Do you agree with the choices?

Ippudo

3 Central St Giles Piazza, WC2 8AG

The speciality here is tonkotsu with pork loin slices, crunchy kikurage (cloud ear mushroom) and thin, own-made noodles (in the dish called Shiromaru Hakata Classic). Vegetarians are not left out at Ippudo: there’s a seaweed and mushroom broth-based version that’s topped with fried tofu. Sadly, this is another no-bookings restaurant, and despite running to 80 covers, queues have been enormous so far.

Kanada-Ya

64 St Giles High St, WC2H 8LE

Founded in Japan in 2009, this award-winning tonkotsu specialist arrived in London in September 2014. Small, brightly lit and minimal, it is not the place for a leisurely meal. And it has a serious downside: lengthy mealtime queues outside its doors. But this is exceptional ramen, using smooth, rich, seriously savoury tonkotsu broth – one of the best we’ve tried in London.

Bone Daddies

30-31 Peter Street, W1F 0AT

The flavours are bold; the dining room is tightly packed; the staff are friendly. Bone Daddies is a gusty New York-style ramen bar with blaring rock music and a range of seriously rich ramen dishes.

Sasuke

32 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LR

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In Tokyo there’s a whole, maze-like restaurant devoted to ninjas with stealthy staff dressed the part. Now London also has its own ninja-inspired venue, named after the fictional Edo period warrior Sarutobi Sasuke. But you won’t find any trick doors or throwing stars at this Soho ramen bar. As for the ramen, our miso version was hearty enough to fuel any covert mission.

Seto

5-6 Plender St, NW1 0JT

There are just a handful of varieties on offer at Seto, like soya sauce (shoyu), miso and Korean pickled cabbage (kimchi). All are made with an earthy chicken and pork bone broth and filled with pleasingly chewy noodles. Another ramen shop staple, pork gyoza dumplings, make a good choice too with crisp bottoms and bouncy wrappers.

Shoryu Ramen

9 Regent Street, SW1Y 4LR

Shoryu Ramen, japanese noodle joint, 9 Regent Street, SW1Y 4LR

Run by the same people as the Japan Centre across the road, Shoryu mix authentic Japanese flavours with a little bit of innovation. Specialising in tonkotsu ramen, made with a long-simmered pork bone broth, the bowls are filled with bouncy noodles and include a choice of unusual toppings like wasabi stalks and spicy-pickled mustard leaves. There’s a second branch in Soho.

Tonkotsu

63 Dean Street, W1D 4QG

Another champion of the long-simmered pork bone broth variety of noodles in soup stock, Tonkotsu serve theirs topped with slices of tender pork, beansprouts and half a marinated soft-boiled egg. They also offer a veggie noodle soup here – something you don’t see so often at ramen joints. There’s a second branch in Haggerston.

A look inside the BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS (Japan) London Pop-Up Store

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Last night on Dray Walk in East London, Japanese clothing designer Bedwin & The Heartbreakers opened up their very first London based pop-up store. It will remain inside the current Folk store for the foreseeable future to gazette the brand’s latest “Don’t You” Collection.

Having come a long way following foundation in late 2004, the brand remains true to the aesthetic for which we have come to know them for — presenting the usual range of street-savvy, college prep basics such as sloganed tees and sweaters, shirting and sportingly accented outerwear. Durable, high quality goods that do well to uphold their slogan of “Paramount Quality.”

To view the complete “Don’t You” Collection from Bedwin & The Heartbreakers click here, or head over to the store on 11 Dray Walk.

BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS at Folk
11 Dray Walk
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

 

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YR Store x A Bathing Ape Custom T-Shirts at Selfridges

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Customizable fashion brand YR Store has announced its latest collaboration, one that will surely have HYPEBEASTs around the world going apeshit. Running through the holiday season, patrons of London-based clothier Selfridges will be presented with the unique opportunity to customize their very own premium cotton T-shirt with a range of exclusive BAPE designs as well as varsity-styled text and numbers that can be filled with a classic BAPE camo pattern of their choice.

To ensure the best quality, YR Store invested in a state-of-the-art live digital print process where consumers can get their tees printed in a matter of minutes, while visitors to Selfridges Birmingham and Manchester will have their item shipped the next day. With prices ranging from £100 GBP (approximately $161 USD) for adults and £70 GBP (approximately $113 USD) for kids, this YR Store x A Bathing Ape installation will be open for two months, from October 24 to December 24.

UNDERCOVER (Japan) x Dover Street Market London 10th Anniversary Sweatshirt

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The celebration continues with an exclusive selection of sweatshirts designed by Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER label. In commemorating Dover Street Market‘s London flagship reaching the 10-year-old mark, the longstanding brand pasted a unique print to the front of piece that reads “The Next Ten Years” with a distorted face.

Available in both black and grey, this collaboration can be purchased both in-store and online now.

 

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